Call us 9am - 9pm Mon - Sun 01342 310 580


Pacific Coast Explorer

5 nights from £529 per person - available 2018 & 2019

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
Click here for Pricing & Dates


Explore the beauty of the Pacific Coast on this fantastic six day self-drive tour. Starting in Sydney, your trip will take you on a journey full of delicious food and wine in the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, stunning beaches in Byron Bay, beautiful landscapes in Lakes Way and Coffs Harbour, and even more before ending in Brisbane (ATS).


  • Taste some of Australia’s finest wines in Hunter Valley
  • Tuck into fresh seafood and relax on the beach at Port Stephens
  • Drive through luscious rainforest along the Lakes Way
  • Explore Byron Bay – one of the best beaches for surfing in Australia’s east coast
  • Watch the sunrise in Byron Bay


Day 1

Sydney to Hunter Valley (247km)

After collecting your car you will depart Sydney and travel north over the Harbour Bridge and onto the Pacific Highway. If you fancy a quick detour, the small towns of Gosford and Newcastle are utterly charming, the latter offering a lovely scenic walk along the foreshore. You’ll then drive via Maitland and arrive in the Hunter Valley, a wonderful area with an abundance of wineries – take part in a wine tour to taste test Australia’s finest wines, and tuck into gourmet cuisine.

Day 2

Port Stephens (161km)

In the morning you’ll depart from the Hunter Valley and journey northeast to Port Stephens, a lovely natural bay over twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and enclosed by two soaring, dormant volcanic headlands. Whilst here, tuck in to delicious seafood and sunbathe on one of the 26 gorgeous golden sand beaches, or even take an afternoon cruise to see the Bottlenose dolphins.

Day 3

Coffs Harbour (240km)

Today you will leave Port Stephens and venture north to Bulahdelah, the entrance of Myall Lakes National Park. You’ll then drive along Lakes Way, a picturesque route through the rainforest, with amazing views of inland lakes and ocean beaches, before travelling through the Manning Valley and Taree to Port Macquarie. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Coffs Harbour – this is the start of the sub-tropical northern coast of New South Wales, and a beautiful area where the surrounding district produces timber, vegetables, dairy, bananas and fish. In the afternoon, take a trip to The Big Banana, a fantastic display on the banana industry.

Day 4

Byron Bay (240km)

Start by following the coastal highway to Woolgoolga, before turning inland towards Grafton, a charming old country town nestled on the banks of the majestic Clarence River. You’ll then travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina before reaching Byron Bay, a popular area for surfers and trendy travellers.

Day 5

Byron Bay

The day is at leisure for you to explore stylish Byron Bay. Take on the waves with an afternoon of surfing, tuck into fresh food at the restaurants and cafes, or simply relax on the beach.

Day 6

Brisbane (165-180km)

Wake up early to watch the stunning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, before leaving Byron bay and travelling north to Brunwick Heads. You then have a choice of routes: either continue along the coast via Pottville Beach and travel via the Gold Coast, or travel inland to Murwillumbah. There’s then a shorter, direct route to Brisbane, or you can drive via Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise for something a bit more scenic. If time allows, take a detour to the striking Gold Coast Hinterland, stopping at Lamington National Park along the way.

Your car is booked until the following day. You must return the car at the city or airport by the same time it was picked up on day 1, or you’ll be given an additional charge.

  • Accommodation at a bed and breakfast basis (options of Standard, Superior or Boutique hotels available)
  • Car hire with GPS

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Meals

Book today

Talk to our travel experts for more information and to book or tailor-make your holiday.

01342 310 5809am - 9pm Mon - Sun


Australian Sky also recommends

Sydney and the Blue Mountains

3 nights from £539 per person

Venture into Australia's bustling cityscapes with this fun, three night escorted tour of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. During the trip you'll get to immerse yourself in the city culture, including a cruise around the harbour, and a ride on the world's steepest railway

More Details

Sydney Food and Wine Discovery

3 nights from £539 per person

Sample some of Syndey's delicious, seasonal food and wine on this tasty three night escorted tour through the charming, lively city. With fresh produce and fabulous wine-growing regions round every corner, this tour will be sure to satisfy the taste buds

More Details

Park Hyatt Sydney


from £399 per person per night

Located on the sparkling harbour front in The Rocks, Sydney, this chic resort offers indulgence and sophistication, with gourmet restaurants, a rejuvenating spa and a rooftop swimming pool on site. This hotel is ideal for a romantic holiday for two.

More Details

Everything worked very well and Hannah chose an excellent hotel for our final night in Sydney. - Pamela Evans

  • Travel Guides
  • Customer Stories
  • Videos

View travel Inspiration

Why book with Australian Sky?

  • Personal service and expert advice,
    7 days a week 9am - 9pm
  • Hassle-free – we’ll find the best deal for you
  • Choice of airlines and the option to switch
  • All calls answered on average within 3 rings by a Specialist
  • A friendly, family-run business
  • No amendment fees
  • Low deposits
  • No credit card fees for Visa and Mastercard

The Australian Sky Team

Back to Top

Get exclusive offers & deals delivered to your inbox

Tell us your holiday preferences and receive special deals and exclusive offers straight to your inbox.